|The elegant living room was designed by Jennifer Garrigues and Diane El-Daher.
|One of the first things I noticed was the pair of over scaled lamps behind the sofa and the way the table runner was draped at an angle across the table.
|Another surprise was the raspberry tiger pillows.
|Jennifer and Diana anchored the room with an armoire at the far end.
Not only is the armoire tall but it is RASPBERRY! If it were a light wood or a pale color would it balance the room as well? Probably not.
So here is a "trick of the trade" so to speak. When you want a cabinet to stand out paint the inside and open the doors! It reminds me of how a peacock fans it's tail to show off. A large armoire becomes even bigger. With doors wide open there is opportunity to display treasures and even add a small lamp for additional charm.
|Citron colored fabric on a pair of chairs pull that color right from the rug.
|Smaller scale armless chairs help keep the space from being over crowded.
|A large cocktail table holds what looks like family treasures brought back from their travels.
|The desk behind the sofa is full of accessories.
One design tip is to accessorize like everything was acquired over a long period of time rather than all being purchased at local showrooms when you are finishing your project. Of course this room was designed over a short time period but it definitely has an "acquired" feel. Shopping at local consignment, thrift or antiques shoppes is a good way to accomplish that look.
There was so much to take in and so many things the designers did to create this impressive space. The elements of height, balance, color and scale all played so well together. What "take away" will you use in creating a room in your own home? What did you like best about this living room? While the room itself may not be your style, how would you translate some of what you see to into your own interior?
As always I invite you to share your experiences and inspirations in the comment section of this post. There was so much to appreciate in this showcase house. Stay tuned and....
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